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Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation

Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation
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Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is accredited by Imagine Canada. At Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation (LSCF), we are the leading charitable organization devoted to improving the environmental health of Lake Simcoe and its watershed. We raise money to support specific projects for Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA). ​

You can have confidence in us! We’re proud to have achieved the distinguished Imagine Canada accreditation demonstrating the highest standards for public confidence in the nonprofit sector.



Rob video clip.JPG​​2021 Connect Campaign update video released (September 27, 2021). Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority's CAO, Rob Baldwin, shares the latest updates on the Connect Campaign to build a new Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek.​​​


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Call for Candidates - LSCF Board of Directorshttps://www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca/Pages/Call-for-Candidates---LSCF-Board-of-Directors.aspx8/29/2022 6:55:54 PMCall for Candidates - LSCF Board of Directors<h1>​Call for Candidates - LSCF Board of Directors</h1><h2>​​</h2><p><strong>Newmarket, August 29, 2022 —</strong> Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is currently seeking applications for volunteer membership on its Board of Directors. Founded in 1973, Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is a leading registered environmental charity supporting projects that protect our forests and wetland habitats and improve soil and water health. LSCF also helps ensure children are inspired by and appreciate nature through on-going support of Outdoor Education.</p><p>Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is seeking people who care deeply about the natural world and are willing to commit their time, effort, and skills to our Board of Directors to ensure we are successful at our mission to raise funds for priority environmental initiatives of Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.</p><p>Board members should be passionate about protecting and restoring our local environment, and able to assist in achieving the Foundation's fundraising goals to implement conservation projects. Board members oversee the strategic plan, finances, and policies and procedures of the Foundation, and ultimately ensure that the resources entrusted to the Foundation further the goals of the LSRCA.</p><p>Board members are expected to attend bi-monthly Board meetings and will participate in Foundation events and activities.</p><p>It is hoped that candidates will bring a range of skills and experience to the Board including not-for-profit governance, strategic planning and visioning, fundraising, community contacts and more.</p><p>If you want to make a difference in our local watershed and have personal and professional experiences that could help our organization, please apply. Visit https://www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca/ to see our <a href="/PublishingImages/about/board-of-directors/Call%20for%20Candidates%202022.pdf"><strong>Call for Candidates</strong></a> for more details or submit a resume and covering letter by November 19, 2022 to Cheryl Taylor, Executive Director at c.taylor@lsrca.on.ca</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p><em>We are Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation (LSCF), the leading environmental charity in our watershed; raising money for priority environmental programs and projects of the </em><a href="https://www.lsrca.on.ca/"><em>Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.</em></a><em> LSCF is certified in Imagine Canada's Standards Program for excellence in non-profit management. Invest in trust.</em>  <em>For more information visit </em><a href="file:///S:/Foundation/Foundation_Data/Board%20of%20Directors/Board%20Nomination%20and%20Recruitment/2022%20Nomination/www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca">www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca</a>.​<br></p><h2>​​</h2><br>
Government of Canada announces funding for the construction of a new nature centre in Bradford West Gwillimburyhttps://www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca/Pages/Government-of-Canada-announces-funding-for-the-construction-of-a-new-nature-centre-in-Bradford-West-Gwillimbury.aspx6/24/2022 6:34:24 PMGovernment of Canada announces funding for the construction of a new nature centre in Bradford West Gwillimbury<p>​<br></p><h1><span class="ms-rteStyle-Accent1">Government of Canada announces funding for the construction of a new nature centre in Bradford West Gwillimbury</span><br></h1><h2>From: <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure.html">Infrastructure Canada</a><br></h2><h3>News release</h3><p><strong>Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario, June 20, 2022—Today</strong>, Tony Van Bynen, Member of Parliament for Newmarket—Aurora, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, announced over $4.1 million in federal funding for the construction of a new nature centre in the Scanlon Creek Conservation Area.<br><br>With a net-zero carbon and universally accessible design, the new Scanlon Creek Nature Centre will serve as a community hub where residents of all ages and abilities can access nature and environmental programming to learn about climate change and inspire action. The construction of the new 750 square metre building will also allow the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation to work with the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority to meet the needs of the growing surrounding communities and provide more equitable access for marginalized groups.<br><br>The Government of Canada is investing over $4.1 million for this project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program.<br></p><h3>Quotes<br></h3><p>“Lake Simcoe is one of Ontario’s iconic lakes. The new Scanlon Creek Nature Centre in Bradford West Gwillimbury will offer all residents a place to learn more about the lake’s ecosystem, climate action, and the steps we can take to build a healthier community.”<br><br>Tony Van Bynen, Member of Parliament for Newmarket—Aurora, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities<br><br>“We are absolutely thrilled that this exciting project has been selected for funding. The Scanlon Creek Nature Centre will create the perfect space for watershed communities to explore the many opportunities to participate in experiential learning and formulate a connection with nature. This significant investment confirms our understanding that our collective health is inexplicably tied to the health of our ecosystems. Immersed in nature, this new facility will also serve as an excellent demonstration site and a teaching tool for our foremost partner, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, to educate students and visitors, with the aim of inspiring future environmental champions. We thank the federal government, Minister LeBlanc and Member of Parliament Van Bynen for this wonderful opportunity.”<br><br>Cheryl Taylor, Executive Director, Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation​<br></p><p><br><br></p>
Take a hike and donate: LSRCA launches TipTap pilot on local trailshttps://www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca/Pages/Take-a-hike-and-donate-LSRCA-launches-TipTap-pilot-on-local-trails.aspx6/2/2022 12:31:36 PMTake a hike and donate: LSRCA launches TipTap pilot on local trails<p></p><p class="text-block-container speakable-text-block-container" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px 0px 16px;padding:0px;font-family:torstartexto3, "times new roman", serif;font-size:20px;line-height:1.75rem;text-rendering:optimizelegibility;color:#333333;background-color:#f8f8f8;">The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) is trying to find some innovative ways to fundraise a little extra money to help maintain the natural areas that you love visiting.</p><p class="text-block-container speakable-text-block-container" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px 0px 16px;padding:0px;font-family:torstartexto3, "times new roman", serif;font-size:20px;line-height:1.75rem;text-rendering:optimizelegibility;color:#333333;background-color:#f8f8f8;">Now you can donate as you use their trails. The LSRCA has launched the TipTap Pilot Program at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area in Bradford, Rogers Reservoir in East Gwillimbury, Thornton Bales in King Township and along the Beaver River Wetland Trail in Brock Township — Durham Region.</p><p class="text-block-container" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px 0px 16px;padding:0px;font-family:torstartexto3, "times new roman", serif;font-size:20px;line-height:1.75rem;text-rendering:optimizelegibility;color:#333333;background-color:#f8f8f8;">TipTap is an NFC-enabled wireless receiver that allows for instant acceptance of any contactless payment or donation.</p><div class="seo-media-query undefined" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#404040;font-family:"merriweather sans", helvetica, roboto, arial, sans-serif;font-size:20px;background-color:#f8f8f8;"></div><div class="seo-media-query undefined" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#404040;font-family:"merriweather sans", helvetica, roboto, arial, sans-serif;font-size:20px;background-color:#f8f8f8;"></div><p class="text-block-container" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px 0px 16px;padding:0px;font-family:torstartexto3, "times new roman", serif;font-size:20px;line-height:1.75rem;text-rendering:optimizelegibility;color:#333333;background-color:#f8f8f8;">It works the same way as point of sale at any store, but with small denominations ($5 / $10 / $20).</p><span style="box-sizing:border-box;color:#404040;font-family:"merriweather sans", helvetica, roboto, arial, sans-serif;font-size:20px;background-color:#f8f8f8;display:block;"></span><p class="text-block-container" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px 0px 16px;padding:0px;font-family:torstartexto3, "times new roman", serif;font-size:20px;line-height:1.75rem;text-rendering:optimizelegibility;color:#333333;background-color:#f8f8f8;">Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation executive director Cheryl Taylor said the authority has been strategically looking at ways to help generate more revenue to support maintenance at conservation areas and parks. "There is a significant gap in funding to help take care of our greenspaces and we want to ensure that our parks and trails can be enjoyed by everyone for a very long time."</p><p class="text-block-container" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px 0px 16px;padding:0px;font-family:torstartexto3, "times new roman", serif;font-size:20px;line-height:1.75rem;text-rendering:optimizelegibility;color:#333333;background-color:#f8f8f8;">The terminals are solar-powered</p><p class="text-block-container" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px 0px 16px;padding:0px;font-family:torstartexto3, "times new roman", serif;font-size:20px;line-height:1.75rem;text-rendering:optimizelegibility;color:#333333;background-color:#f8f8f8;">The pilot is to determine how well the technology performs in rural and remote locations, and how much visitors are willing to support the upkeep and improvements at their favourite conservation areas.</p><div class="seo-media-query undefined" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#404040;font-family:"merriweather sans", helvetica, roboto, arial, sans-serif;font-size:20px;background-color:#f8f8f8;"></div><p class="text-block-container" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px 0px 16px;padding:0px;font-family:torstartexto3, "times new roman", serif;font-size:20px;line-height:1.75rem;text-rendering:optimizelegibility;color:#333333;background-color:#f8f8f8;">LSRCA land and resource planning technician Dan Andrews said the LSRCA saw a 60 per cent increase in trail use in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic. The heavy use has impacted the trail systems, which are in need of maintenance.<br></p><p class="text-block-container" style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0px 0px 16px;padding:0px;font-family:torstartexto3, "times new roman", serif;font-size:20px;line-height:1.75rem;text-rendering:optimizelegibility;color:#333333;background-color:#f8f8f8;">Courtesy of  reporter Simon Martin, East Gwillimbury Express. <a href="https://www.thestar.com/local-east-gwillimbury/news/2022/06/02/take-a-hike-and-donate-lsrca-launches-tiptap-pilot-on-local-trails.html">Full article with photos​</a><br></p><p>​</p>

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LSCF Board Meeting9/28/2022 12:30:00 PM9/28/2022 3:00:00 PMLSCF Board Meeting0120 Bayview ParkwayFoundation
Franklin Fishing Day10/6/2022 12:00:00 PM10/6/2022 9:00:00 PMFranklin Fishing DayContact Allanna yates at a.yates@lsrca.on.ca for more information.0The Franklin ClubFoundation
De Grassi Point Thanksgiving / Christmas Arts and Crafts Show10/8/2022 3:00:00 PM10/8/2022 8:00:00 PMDe Grassi Point Thanksgiving / Christmas Arts and Crafts ShowFeaturing De Grassi Point Artist and Crafters. Paintings, watercolours, woodcrafts, framed photographs, jewelery, leather ornaments, bath and beauty products, greeting cards, jams, antiques and so much more! Cash, cheque or e-transfer only0The Innisfree Barn: End of 3rd Line, InnisfilCommunity Organized Event